Q&A With Undeniably You Author Jewel E. Ann
1. How did you get your start as an author?
The idea has been in the back of my mind for years. My mom imagined me being the next Erma Bombeck, so I’ve always had the encouragement behind me. I do love humour, but ultimately I’m a sucker for a good love story. Enter E.L James. Yes, I’m a Fifty fanatic and it started an addiction. Eventually my best friend and my sister convinced me to put my imagination into writing. The Holding You Series was the result, and even today, I’m not sure where I channelled that alter ego/sexy personality from which the story line flowed.
2. What talent would you most like to have?
I’d love to have musical talent. Music inspires my writing and I think it would be amazing if my writing could inspire music someday.
3. If you had a super power, what would it be? And if you had to give it up to save buffalo, NY, would you explain to buffalo that they were going to die?
Hmm … that’s a hard question. I’ve never been to Buffalo 🙂 My super power would be the power to heal. Yes, I’d take the leap of faith that Buffalo is worth saving and I’d give up my super power. However, if I weren’t willing to give up my given super power, then I would chose mind manipulation which would make the need to “explain” to Buffalo their impending death unnecessary.
4. How important are names to you in this book? Did you choose them based on sound or meaning?
My sister came up with Sydney Ann Montgomery, Sam, based on the initials and the sound. I named Lautner Asher Sullivan. Lautner is not a common first name in books so the uniqueness appealed to me. I like “Sully” as a nickname and could easily imagine it for a football player so that’s how I came up with Sullivan. Asher is the only name with real meaning. Asher, meaning “happy and blessed” is the name of my third child. The rest of my characters are just random and whatever sounds good at the moment I introduce them into the story. For the most part I like to write on the fly.
5. How did you come up with the idea for this story?
Undeniably You is dedicated to my sister because she had the idea of a book starting with a wedding and flashbacks to it throughout the book. She had a few other ideas, some of which are incorporated into the story. I was nervous writing it because I wanted to meet or exceed the expectations she had concocted in her head. My only goal beyond that was to write something that had a sexy humorous feel to it.
Want more? Take a peek at the epilogue and Chapter 1 of Undeniably You!
- Title: Undeniably You
- Author: Jewel E. Ann
- ISBN13: 9780991310654
- Series: Stand Alone
- Published: August 18th 2014
- Format: eBook
- Genre/s: Contemporary Romance
- Print Length: 382 pages
- Source: Tour Operator
- Rating: B+
Sydney Ann Montgomery, (SAM) for short, so you don’t think that the editors missed a name change somewhere along the lines like I did, has her life planned out. She is going to realize all the dreams her mother didn’t in choosing family over career when Sydney was born. However, a masters or preferably a doctorate will not come cheap so she opts to house sit in between undergrad and post graduate studies. Before she is set to take a job in Paris she agrees to house-sit for her aunt and uncle in Palo Alto, California. It’s a win win situation, great accommodations and close to her sister in Los Angeles.
Lautner Sullivan, in a case of mistaken identity, arrives at the house Sydney is staying at and is utterly captivated by her however he is not the only one. Dr. Dane Abbot is also taken with Sydney when she brings Swarley, the Weimaraner she is charged with caring for in her aunt and uncle’s absence, to the his office when his distress over the departure of his family manifests in gastric upset all over the house.
“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft a-gley, [often go awry]
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promised joy.” (39-42)
So determined to fulfill the unrecognized dreams of her deceased mother Sydney is unable to recognize the opportunities at hand. Undeniably You was not what I expected, the fun, flirty cover put me in mind of a chick lit type summer romp. Perhaps the grown up, and naughty equivalent of a Meg Cabot and for the first 50% of the book that is pretty much exactly what it was. At this point the sea change was dramatic and marked but that is not necessarily a bad thing it was simply surprising but once I accepted that Undeniably You had hidden depths closer to a dramedy than the fluffy ultimately forgettable read the cover might suggest instead I found a deeply enjoyable story.
About Jewel E. Ann:
Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humour.
With 10 years of flossing lectures under her belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business.
After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the Contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing.
When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree at a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course…heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.